Subterranean termites, as their name implies, live in the soil beneath and around homes, often entering through wood that is in contact with the ground. They can also construct mud tubes from the ground to their target, your home. Subterranean termites pose a serious threat, causing billions of damage in structural damage every year. Because they typically come from the ground up, infestations often go undetected for years.
Drywood termites are more prevalent, entering wood through exposed vents, cracks, and holes in wood. As a result, they’re found typically in garages, attics, and walls of structures. Drywood termites get the moisture they need to survive from the wood they eat. and from the humidity in the air. The more warm and humid the climate (California), the greater they thrive.
Dryrot is a condition when fungus breaks down wood fibers that give wood strength and stiffness. This renders the wood weak and brittle, hence the name dry rot. Excess moisture is a root cause of this condition. Fungus and dryrot, like termites, thrive in warm, humid climates such as California.
Look out for these common signs of termite infestations.